The Living Museum was honored to host Lynette Norris Wilkinson, an award winning author who was born and raised in the Lower Ninth Ward, as part of the Living Museum Speaker Series events. Ms. Wilkinson gave a lecture to a packed room, and shared moving stories of strength and survival. Her talk was incredibly well recieved and was a beautiful addition to a weekend of Mardi Gras festivities.
Ms. Wilkinson is the author of Untold: The New Orleans 9th Ward You Never Knew, a book that features the stories of survival and community through the voices of sixteen Lower Ninth Ward residents. In Untold, Lynette Wilkinson delves deeply into the stories and voices of Lower 9th Ward Residents in their continued fight for survival and justice, during and since Hurricane Katrina.
Through her eloquent depiction of the integrity, strength and resilience of Lower 9th Ward residents, Ms. Wilkinson inherently challenges the racialized mainstream media coverage that wrongly depicted residents in her community in 2005. Untold provides thorough and detailed accounts of the true experiences of local residents, and remains the only book of its kind to do so. Untold is an essential read to better understand the continued plight of the Lower 9th Ward community in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.
The proceeds from Untold are donated to organizations helping residents in the Lower Ninth Ward to recover. Check out her website and purchase a book!